Ex parte FONTANA et al. - Page 6




                     Appeal No. 1998-0596                                                                                                                                              
                     Application 08/259,370                                                                                                                                            

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                     transducer.   This structural characteristic has not been recognized and accounted for by                                                                         
                     the examiner.                                                                                                                                                     
                                As is pointed out by the appellants, Kant and Ainslie each discloses a suspension                                                                      
                     element and an integral slider and transducer which must be subsequently attached to                                                                              
                     each other by glue or solder, typical of the prior art described in the appellants’                                                                               
                     specification.  Even assuming the examiner is correct that Kant discloses an integral slider                                                                      
                     and transducer formed by thin film deposition, and that Ainslie discloses a suspension                                                                            
                     element formed by thin film deposition, the examiner has not explained why it would have                                                                          
                     been obvious to arrive at a structure which calls for a suspension element whose thin film is                                                                     
                     directly formed on the integral thin film slider and transducer.3                                                                                                 
                                For the foregoing reasons, the rejection of claims 1-3, 21, 31-34, 36-39 and 55                                                                        
                     under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Kant, Ainslie and Hosokawa cannot be                                                                             
                     sustained.  The rejection of claims 4, 20, 22, 24-30, 40-43, 45, 48 and 51-54 under 35                                                                            
                     U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Kant and Ainslie cannot be sustained.                                                                                     







                                2   The appellants’ specification, in discussing the prior art, explains that prior art assemblies have a                                              
                     structure made from separately produced suspension arm and integral slider and transducer which are later                                                         
                     interconnected by gluing or soldering.                                                                                                                            
                                3   Hosokawa is relied on by the examiner in connection with other features of the appellants’ claimed                                                 
                     invention over which there is no apparent dispute in this appeal.                                                                                                 
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